Community Mental Health Practitioner

Kent & Medway NHS & Social Care Partnership Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year per annum
Closing date
28 Mar 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
There has been an opportunity for a Band 6 clinician (Social worker, OT or RMN) to work in the West EIP service covering Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley in Kent. The role includes:
  • To manage a caseload of clients first episode psychosis with complex needs, using evidence based / client centred principles to assess, plan, implement and evaluate interventions.
  • To provide a professional contribution, supervision and advice to a multi-disciplinary team to support the delivery of safe, effective and high-quality mental health services with meet existing new policies, practice and standards.
  • To act as care co-ordinator under the CPA process as appropriate
  • To provide leadership for students and / or junior staff, through supervision and appraisal.
  • To participate in the planning, development and evaluation of MDT services, holding responsibility for defined projects.
  • To regularly supervise students on practice placements
  • To carry out MDT activities e.g. generic assessments and duty responsibilities

To provide profession specific Assessments and Interventions for the wider team as required

Main duties of the job

Its a great time to be join the Early Intervention in Psychosis (EIP) Service as we have been awarded Mental Health funding to expand the service. This will enable us to increase the interventions provided and enable us to improve awareness of first episode of psychosis across the county leading to early referral and treatment to EIP

We provide comprehensive multi-disciplinary services and work closely with local specialist mental health teams, Children and Young Persons Mental Health Services, tertiary service providers, primary care, local statutory and non-statutory agencies, service users and carers and educational establishments. The EIP Service forms part of the Community Recovery Care Group Directorate.

The Early Intervention Services is a community service that provides assessments and NICE concordant interventions for people aged 14-65 years who present with suspected first episode of psychosis across Kent and Medway. There is an exciting opportunity for a Band 6 RMN or Occupational Therapist to join the team in West Kent (covering Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley) . The Band 6 Community Mental Health Practitioner will need relevant experience, and be motivated to work within and contribute to the continued development of this exciting service. Experience of working with the older client group where a differential diagnosis may be indicated as opposed to first episode of psychosis would be beneficial however not essential.

About us

Come and work with us in the Garden of England where we combine exceptional professional development opportunities with a tremendous quality of life.

We are Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust (KMPT), providing mental health, learning disability and specialist services, serving 1.8 million people across the county.

The Trust (rated Good overall by the CQC and Outstanding for care) has 3,283 staff working in 66 buildings across 33 locations, covering an area of 1,450 square miles.

You will be joining friendly, passionate colleagues, rich in their diversity, who are committed to providing excellent care to our service users and their loved ones.

The nature of our work attracts kindness and compassion as standard and everyone from our cleaners and porters to the chief executive and chairman are recognised as playing a vital role in providing an exemplary service.

Job description Job responsibilities

Care Coordinators have capped caseloads to allow for innovative and focused interventions in partnership with service users, families and carers promoting recovery, social inclusion and well-being. Experience of working directly with people with psychosis is essential. Applicants need to be able to work flexibly, creatively and be responsive to the needs of this client group and their carers.

The Access and Waiting Time standards ensure that people are offered NICE concordant Interventions early in their treatment.Our service aims to work alongside individuals and their families by adopting strength and recovery based approach which maximises self-determination, and empowerment. There is a high level of individual and family work, as well as various group work activities including linking in with many partner organisations and professionals with an increasing emphasis on co production.

Please see job description for full details.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Registered RMN/OT/Social Worker
  • Appropriate practice assessor/educator qualification
Experience Essential
  • Minimum 2 years post registration experience
  • Experience and skills in clinical assessment
  • Experience working with service users with broad spectrum of complex mental health needs
  • Experience of workign with service users experiencing psychosis within a community setting
  • Experience working with older client group.
Knowledge Essential
  • Current governement guidelines of provision of EIP services
  • Recovery Model
  • knowledge of research and key issues affecting the development of EIP services

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